Oceanfront Options – The Windward Coast – Kaalaea
The Windward Oahu region itself is unrivaled in its natural beauty and dramatic contrasts – from its pristine white-sand beaches washed by turquoise waters to the verdant vertical cliffs of the Koolau Mountain Range.
In 1972, Kuilima, now Turtle Bay, opened on coastal lands where the North Shore morphs into the Wind-ward Coast. Mauka lands in the area have generally remained undeveloped, with the exception of ongoing projects of the Mormon Church.
The coast’s most prominent geographic feature, Mokapu Peninsula, site of one of Hawaii’s largest military installations, forms the southern boundary of Kaneohe Bay. Marine and oceanographic research facilities are located here, as well as at Makapuu to the south.
Residential properties along this coast range from country cottages to large estates, apartment buildings, townhomes, and condominiums. The area’s two largest communities, Kaneohe and Kailua, continue to grow, with real estate values surpassing price points for properties in some of southeast Oahu’s most upscale neighborhoods.
An appealing feature of the Windward Coast is its diversity of small neighborhoods tucked away just out of view from the highway, such as Kaalaea in Kahaluu at the top of Kaneohe Bay.
Located in Kaalaea on 14,192 square feet of land is a one-of-a-kind oceanfront home offered by Realtor Donna Lynn Kohls for $1,395,000.
The owner of KBay Properties, which specializes in Windward and Kaneohe Bay waterfront real estate, Kohls said the home was built in the 1950s and originally served as a fishing hut. In 1972, it was bought by Claude and Suzi Horan, who transformed it into a 3-bedroom, 3-bath artists’ retreat.
“Claude was a founder of the ceramics program at the University of Hawaii, where he taught for 30 years,” Kohls said. “The Horans built a ceramics lab on the property, where they collaborated on many projects. Their home always had an open door for students and famed artists from the around the world.
“The 3,080-square-foot home is on a flag lot invisible to motorists driving by on Kamehameha Highway. Its fully fenced yard that extends directly to the ocean is perfect for children and dogs and has lots of room for ocean toys such as kayaks, canoes, and catamarans. An outdoor lanai and tiki bar are favorite gathering places, as well as the tree house studio that looks directly out to the Bay with its spectacular sunrises and moonlit nights.
“Over the years, the home has been renovated to incorporate a multi-family living arrangement, with the potential of income-producing rentals. Its newer upgraded kitchen includes granite countertops, cherry wood cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. The home is an endless creative adventure and full of good times. It holds appeal for owner occupants as well as investors.”
Kohls added that Heeia Harbor and Temple Valley Shopping Center are an approximately five-minute drive from the property. Kaneohe town and Wind-ward mall are also close-by.
For more information or to arrange a showing, contact Kohls at 291-6565 or email@example.com.